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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Social Epistemology and Virtue Epistemology
AOS categories Epistemology
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia
Start date ASAP
Job description

• Salary Package: Level A from $76,173 to $102,570 per annum, plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading
• Appointment Type: Full-time, Fixed term for 21 months
• Macquarie University (North Ryde) location
• Given current Australian Government COVID-19 border restrictions applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights


The Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Associate Professor Mark Alfano on an interdisciplinary epistemology project that addresses both the structure of epistemic networks and the dispositions of the agents in them. The main objectives of this project are to identify the dispositions needed to cope with the imperfect networks in which we live, and to hypothesize ways to improve the given prevalent epistemic dispositions in contemporary human populations. The research will involve philosophical reflection, analysis of real and simulated network structures, and semantic analysis of (among other things) misinformation and propaganda. The outcome will be multiple interdisciplinary research articles to be published in peer-reviewed journals.

About Us
The Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University is one of Australasia’s best philosophy departments, ranked 26th in the world and with a 5 star ERA ranking. It is home to the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE), which is a provides a platform for interaction and collaboration between researchers from a range of disciplines including philosophy, law, medicine, applied ethics and bioethics. 

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 57 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter that indicates how you meet the following selection criteria:

Selection Criteria:

  • A PhD in epistemology, psychology, data science, or relevant social science discipline.
  • Willingness to (learn to) work with empirical data using modern tools (e.g., Gephi, R, Python).
  • Ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to undertake theoretical or conceptual research about the epistemic implications of contemporary communications technologies, ranging from radio to television to newspapers to social media.
  • Demonstrated success or promise in publishing research in high-impact international journals.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills. High-level organisational skills translated in the ability to prioritise workload, meet deadlines and to prepare reports detailing progression milestones.
How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://mq.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/CareersatMQ/job/N...
Email to apply
Hard deadline August 1, 2021, 11:59pm +08:00
Web address for more information https://mq.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/CareersatMQ/job/N...
Contact name Mark Alfano
Contact email
Contact phone +61452519681
Time created July 16, 2021, 3:35pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date August 1, 2021, 11:59pm +08:00
Expired on August 3, 2021, 12:46am +08:00
Last updated October 2, 2021, 3:00pm UTC
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